Apple appears to be working on a new technology that would prevent concert-goers from using their iPhone cameras to record images or video of performers on stage.
Concert organizers and venues have had some trouble in recent years clamping down on attendees filming or taking pictures of live events. Responding to this problem, Apple has filed a patent (discovered by Patently Apple) for a technology that utilizes infrared sensors to shut down iPhone cameras when they are pointed toward a stage.
These sensors would be placed near the stage where they would send coded instructions to any iPhone with its camera directed toward them. This would instruct the phone to cut off use of the camera. Other functions like texting and phonecalls wouldn’t be interrupted.
Commentators have pointed out that Apple may be putting this new effort toward anti-piracy to keep its partners at music labels happy. With the launch of iCloud, Apple’s relationships within the music industry are more important to the computing giant than ever. Read more about that launch at our sister site, Brighthand.